The Hannover Principles are a set of statements about designing buildings and objects with forethought about their environmental impact, their effect on the sustainability of growth, and their overall impact on society. Sustainability, in a general sense is the capacity to maintain a certain process or state indefinitely They were first formulated by William McDonough and Michael Braungart for planning Expo 2000 in Hanover and are presented in a copyrighted 1992 document. William Andrews McDonough (b February 21, 1951, Hong Kong) is an American Architect and founding principal of William McDonough Michael Braungart is a German chemist who advocates that humans can have a positive ecological footprint by redesigning systems which support life Expo 2000 was a World's Fair held in Hanover, Germany from June 1 to October 31, 2000. Hanover (i ( haˈnoːfɐ on the river Leine, is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony ( Niedersachsen
The principles may be summarized as:
The original document states: "The Hannover Principles should be seen as a living document committed to the transformation and growth in the understanding of our interdependence with nature, so that they may adapt as our knowledge of the world evolves. "